Little Egret… Bob Dylan’s Blowing in the Wind…

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

I was only going to post this on Monday, but seeing that “whichwaynow101” beat me to it today, I brought the post forward.. She is such a card and I love to pull her leg, click on the link to see her post….

I sat and ponder the point yesterday when this bird was preening itself right in front of me. Do we take photos of birds to include all from the head to the feet? Must the eye be clear showing its colours? and the sunlight be just right for the perfect shot?

Well I decided that it was not so. I so enjoyed the way the wind was blowing this birds feathers that with a bit of zoom I captured the blowing feathers… So I go with Bob Dylan on this one… “The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind, The answer is blowin’ in the wind.” I include a link to a short youtube version of this song… sheeez I was still a teenager when he sang this…. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE LINK … and here are the photos…

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So in some photos he has no head or feet…. is that a crime? Am I committing photography suicide here? I don’t think so………… and in any case I don’t give a damn, its my camera and my blog…. I love it…

Little Egret.. hallo there..

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

The Little Egret is a small white heron and is very similar Snowy Egret, in fact I don’t know how these experts tell them apart. The Snowy is slightly smaller and the yellow around the eye extends down to the beak..

The little Egret is an all white bird with a long beak and black around it’s yellow eye. It looks as though it is wearing yellow socks, which you can clearly see in my photos. It grows to approx. 55–65 cm long with an 88–106 cm wingspan.

Little Egrets eat fish, insects, amphibians, crustaceans, and reptiles. Stalking their prey in shallow water, they often run wings up or jump in the air to land near the small fish. They will also stand still and wait for their prey to venture close enough to strike.

They nest in colonies, laying 3 or more eggs and both parents are involved in raising the young that leave the nest after approx. 6 to 7 weeks.

A few Photos I’ve just captured… played “hooky” from my office and went to a bird hide I love.. got a quick 130 photos of which 60 are OK.. just shows one shouldn’t sneak off…..

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Little Egret

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

The Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) is a small white heron. It is the Old World counterpart to the very similar New World Snowy Egret.

The Little Egret is a small white heron. The adult Little Egret is 55-65 cm long with a 88-106 cm wingspan. Its plumage is all white. It has long black legs with yellow feet and a slim black bill. In the breeding season, the adult has two long nape plumes and red between the bill and eyes. The Little Egret is generally seen singly or in small loose groups.

Little Egrets are the liveliest hunters among herons and egrets, with a wide variety of techniques. They may patiently stalk prey in shallow waters. Or stand on one leg and stir the mud with the other to scare up prey. Or better yet, stand on one leg and wave the other bright yellow foot over the water surface to lure aquatic prey into range.

Here is a few photos I took of one stalking it’s prey…. and another standing looking on….

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